Maree and Peter Cansick, of Maroochydore, agree the Greens are a growing force. July 10, 2016
Maree and Peter Cansick, of Maroochydore, agree the Greens are a growing force. July 10, 2016 Nicky Moffat

Coast residents react to formation of Coalition Government

SUNSHINE Coast resident Andy "Kindo" Kinden says he isn't a big follower of politics, but now that the Coalition has finally formed government he wants to see action on issues that matter.

"I believe the cost of living has gone up that much that it affects the way we live," Mr Kinden said.

"Both parents have to work now, and it affects your family unit."

Liberal National Party leader Malcolm Turnbull claimed victory in a buoyant speech on Sunday afternoon, in which he pledged to work with Labor and the crossbench to get reforms through parliament.

The Diddilibah resident said neither of the major parties had received his vote in last Saturday's election, and he believed this would result in better policies.

"The best thing is having these different independents to keep check of the major parties' policies," he said.

"It might stifle things a bit, but I don't see that as a bad thing. Scrutiny is important - it keeps things in check."

Kawana Island resident Angela Bueti was with friends at Maroochydore's Duporth Tavern Sunday night when she learned Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had conceded defeat that afternoon, and the Coalition Government had formed.

"I thought Turnbull would rock it in, so I voted for fringe parties," she said. "I think a lot of people did that."

Despite her choice, she said she wasn't happy with the outcome, which left the LNP with less power to affect change.

"I'm a bit disappointed because they won't...have the power to make decisions," Ms Bueti said.

"But I do have hope that policies to support jobs and growth will get through."

 

Angela Bueti, of Kawana Island, says she hopes the Federal LNP Government will have the power to get its jobs and growth reforms through parliament. July 10, 2016
Angela Bueti, of Kawana Island, says she hopes the Federal LNP Government will have the power to get its jobs and growth reforms through parliament. July 10, 2016 Nicky Moffat

Maroochydore residents Peter and Maree Cansick want to see more representation from the Greens Party in federal parliament, supporting them at the ballot box a week ago.

"He (Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull) was a bit complacent, thinking he'd already got in," Mrs Cansick said, referring to the election campaign.

She said he wasn't as "gutsy" as people wanted him to be in this campaign.

"They wanted a bit more fight," she said.

Mr Cansick acknowledged it would have been "messy" if Australia had ended up with a hung parliament, and said that in that way, the LNP forming government was "good".

"It's certainly a relief to have a government to govern in its own right," he said.

A loyal Labor voter until he turned to the Greens this year, Mr Cansick said that while Labor still "had a concern for education and health...they're getting very right-wing too".

"I don't think it (my vote) is a wasted vote," he said. "They're (the Greens are) a growing force."